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Just Passing Through the Land of Veganville

Veganism, and the lifestyle that often accompanies it, is all the rage these days. There are celebrities endorsing vegan products, and even super-hilarious spoofs on SNL. You know that once something becomes satirical, it’s officially mainstream. In addition to being a hip and trendy way of life, it’s clearly the choice to forego animal products that is the core of veganism. Nowadays, there are …

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The Guilt-Free “No”

When we are dealing with chronic illness and desperately need rest, not to mention a lot less stress to heal, it is critical we carve out the necessary time to treat ourselves well. We all know that means having to say “no,” more than we say “yes”. And yet, in spite of knowing this, we still say ‘yes’. As a result, we …

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Dear Body, A Love Letter

Dear Body, You and I have not always had the best relationship. I have taken you for granted, called you names like “fat” and “ugly”. I have abused you with alcohol, crappy food, too much sun, too little sleep and expected you to perform perfectly, regardless. I have placed blame on you for being sick and causing me terrible pain. …

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How Washing the Dishes Restored My Happiness

Ugh, there they sat, a sink full of dirty stinky dishes…and I (as usual) was the only one to do them. Dear hubby had piled his breakfast mess in the sink and left for the office, and now I had to clean them up. It took me half an hour just to get as far as the kitchen; my body felt as though I had …

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How to Transition Your Diet and Not Feel Defeated

Every time I discovered there was yet another food I was either sensitive to or learned that I shouldn’t be eating, I always felt so defeated. It made me sad to lose yet another food, especially since I already had seemingly slim pickins. I actually mourned the loss of these foods and it made me feel a little less “normal” each time …

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But You Don’t Look Sick…

You’ve probably heard it before…and when you are suffering from an “invisible” chronic condition, it might not necessarily be heard as the well-meaning compliment it is intended to be. Friends and family, they all mean well, but anyone who has dealt with the kind of pain and fatigue that doesn’t show on the outside, knows this type of comment can come as a blow. This one statement …

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The Spoon Theory

A dear friend of mine sent this to me shortly after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. It was a God-send and I continue to pass it along every chance I get. The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino www.butyoudontlooksick.com My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating …

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Meditation 101

Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind. If you’re like me, you spend most of your days with a steady stream of inner dialogue, everything from to-do lists to ideas and dreams. Meditation is a lovely respite from our busy minds and provides us calm time to reset. People who meditate are known to be calmer, less anxious, and they’re more …

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They Call it What?!

Who hasn’t gotten a look like this from someone while explaining their autoimmune disease? The world of autoimmune disease is one of serious confusion and inconsistency. It can take years of people suffering with these conditions to be diagnosed and even longer to recieve treatment. Of course, if you are one of the “lucky” ones to get a timely diagnosis, it can often lead to endless questions regarding finding the …

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Fly the Freak Flag

Sometimes in life, and certainly with chronic illness, we all feel like freaks at one point or another. I’ve had plenty of occasions where freakishness has felt like my sole identity. Since autoimmune disease is often an “invisible” illness, those of us who have them often have to suffer from our freakishness in silence. We’d rather try and appear normal to avoid being an outcast. I have significant hearing …